Telegram just received one more update before the end of 2020, bringing new features to the platform once again. Throughout the year, the company has developed a handful of important new features, including support for video calls, video editing tools, support for larger files, and more; This time, the highlight of the update is the voice chats.

Voice chats are somewhat similar to the way voice channels work on Discord - in any Telegram group, administrators now have the option to enable voice chat, and any user in the group can log in and out of the chat. voice at will. You can keep voice chats activated while browsing the application or, through the rest of the operating system interface, while using other applications, thanks to a floating widget. The function is also available on the desktop, and there, the function also supports keyboard shortcuts «push-to-talk»(Push to talk), so you can talk whenever you want without changing windows.

Improvements have also been made to media editing, as Android users can now edit a photo after it has been sent to add stickers or draw on it, while iOS users can edit received photos and send them back. Each feature was previously exclusive to the other platform, but now the two should be on par.

Android users specifically are getting a couple of enhancements, such as new animations for app actions, and a new ability to use SD cards as the default storage path to free up internal storage space. Meanwhile, iOS users can now have Siri read incoming messages by turning on Announce Messages for Telegram in the system notification settings.

As usual, the update brings some new animated emoji that will appear when you send messages with just the emoji in question.

Finally, Telegrama introduces the Bugs and Suggestions platform, where users can request functions and report bugs in the application. Informants can give Likes (Like) or comment on them, thus allowing users to show their support for the report or suggestion as well as add comments to a specific request.

On a separate note, Pavel Durov, co-founder of Telegram, announced on his personal Telegram channel that the application will start its monetization strategy from 2021. True to Telegram's values, the company will not be sold, and ads will not infiltrate personal chats. In setting the guidelines for monetization, Durov said that existing features will remain free forever, but that certain functions can be added premium for advanced users or companies that require them.

Additionally, Telegram will introduce the ad platform for the channels. These public channels often already serve ads, but they do so in intrusive ways that are disguised as regular messages, and the Ads Platform will try to address that, while respecting user privacy and allowing Telegram to cover its costs. Finally, Durov says that the monetization of Telegram should also benefit the community, such as that sticker creators get a share of the revenue if Telegram introduces paid stickers premium.

Until now, Telegram had been operating with a donation / investment from Durov, which has been the platform's sole source of income since its launch in 2013. FAQs from The app have long claimed that when that was no longer enough, monetization would come through the nonessential features of the app without making monetary profit the ultimate and primary goal of the service.

Font: Telegram Blog

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